Tite: Argentina must have trouble sleeping as doubts over World Cup grow

Marquinhos is set to captain Brazil's final World Cup qualifier against Chile on Wednesday
Marquinhos is set to captain Brazil's final World Cup qualifier against Chile on Wednesday

10 Octubre, 2017

The five-time World Cup winners will be one of the favourites next summer, yet whether they are joined by South America's continental champions remains to be seen; Chile's win over Ecuador last week was vital and means their fate is in their own hands, with La Roja knowing that a win in Brazil will guarantee them an automatic qualifying place.

A fascinating night awaits in South American World Cup qualifying.

"I'm nervous, but I have every confidence in my team and my teammates". It was strange what happened to Ancelotti. I can't imagine what it is like for others; they must be having trouble sleeping. Failure in the final match may leave the team at home.

Vidal, who is back with his club in Munich, said he would probably watch the game "on TV or on the internet" but added: "I might not even watch it - because when I do, I suffer a lot more".

Brazil face Chile tonight and for the 24-year-old Manchester City goalkeeper from São Paulo State, it will be a landmark moment after he fought back from rejection to make it at the highest level of football.

"We don't think of an agreement not to attack, " Bravo said.

Fellow Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz is also a doubt due to injury. He confirmed that defender Marquinhos, who will replace the injured Thiago Silva, will be the captain for the clash against the desperate Chileans in Sao Paulo. Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has called up Esteban Pavez, who plays for Brazil's Atletico Paranaense.

The two-time world champions, runners-up three years ago, have been a mainstay in the showpiece tournament since missing the 1970 edition in Mexico, but three consecutive draws have left Argentina adrift of the play-off spot on goals scored. "And it won't change now". The most recent of those meetings was the first match in this qualifying tournament where Chile inflicted Brazil's only defeat, winning by a 2-0 scoreline.

The Manchester City flop gets a chance to show, on a big stage, that he's still an excellent goalkeeper and matches the Brazilian youngster.

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